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Cavanaugh Tells All In ‘The Gipper’

Ronald Reagan plays the Gipper

Former President Ronald Reagan played the Gipper in the “Knute Rockne All American.” (Credit: Bettmann/CORBIS)

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NEW YORK (CBS 2) – As Notre Dame gets ready to take on Army on Saturday night in the Bronx, not only will it be the first football game in the new Yankee Stadium, but also the revival of a historic matchup in football history.

It was 1928 when these two teams played one of the greatest games ever and also produced the single greatest locker room speech ever.

While some people may not know much about the speech, veteran sports writer and adjunct professor of journalism at Columbia University Jack Cavanaugh tells the story in a book called “The Gipper: George Gipp. Knute Rockne, and the Dramatic Rise of Notre Dame Football.”

Cavanaugh joined CBS 2’s Rob Morrison in studio to talk about the famous speech, the upcoming game and more.